Photo by  Alex Maness

Photo by Alex Maness

      The Wiley Fosters began in 2010 as the house band at Zog’s Pool Hall in Chapel Hill. From 2014 - 2018 they were in residency at Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough, NC and in 2019 began their current residency at The Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC.

  They are named in tribute to their great friend Mr Tater The Music Maker (née Foster Wiley) of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Wiley Fosters try and live up to the example that the real Foster Wiley set by always having new members, new instrumentation, and new songs. As Mr. Tater famously said in his “Music Maker” documentary, “I make people happy… and I never play the same song twice neither.”

From left to right:

Jack Fleishman - Bass VI

William Dawson - Vibraphone / Guitar / Vocals

Luis Rodriguez - Guitar / Synth

Elie Abdelnour - Bass / Synth

Jay Parker - Turntables

Alexandra Valladares - Vocals / Percussion

Vernon Little - Drums

Dana Marks (front) - Vocals / Percussion